“I never wanted to get into engineering but did so as my mom promised to buy me a bike that I had my eyes set on. That’s how engineering happened. But then my passion for design and arts was stronger, and I kept pursuing it alongside my Engineering. This made me start ART KINGDOM as an art start-up, where I successfully created commercial arts in South India, and also Empowered 5+ artists in 2 years. However, more than that, I always had a passion for giving back to society and do my bit to the planet. My art was more than a form of expression. It was me voicing myself for a cause. I used my art to talk about women empowerment, environmental issues, equal opportunity for all, etc.
That’s how I began the walk for plastic. I managed to bring together like-minded people in Chennai, and we went for long walks around the city, clearing out the litter. It started as a one-person initiative, time passed, and we managed to clear around 8.5 tons of plastic waste in just 275 days. We did this with over 2000+ volunteers working in tandem with us. Besides that, I also used my art to discuss serious issues and communicate the message more simply to a wider audience.
Around the time that the GST was implemented, I met this woman in soiled clothes who was bleeding. I walked up to her with the sanitary supplies she needes and asked her why she didn’t buy one to protect herself from soiling her clothes from the bleeding. She said she couldn’t afford it. And that’s when it hit me how a few essentials also become privileges at times. I used my art to create an awareness of how GST on sanitary napkins wasn’t a fair play and how the GST impacts the life of the common man. It was all well-received.
With the COVID outbreak, I organized my walks inside the home with an innovative idea of recycling plastics. And I figured that there was a dire need to create an awareness on how protecting oneself and those around us was important at a time like now. That’s why I collaborated with the Greater Chennai Police to create the Corona Helmet. A cop wore it to address the public and tell them how important it is to stay at home with safety measures.
I believe embracing a creative approach is what helps people understand the messages better. And I am sure that in the years ahead, I will continue to use my art for a good cause and create awareness!”
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